Under door drafts can be a pain. Unfortunately, seasonal changes can cause houses to shift and swell. During winter, doors can become drafty, especially without an exterior storm door. Luckily there are many options for DIY draft stoppers for doors to keep your home warmer and reduce energy bills.
If your drafty door is a problem, it may be time for a new door. Serving the D.C. and greater Baltimore area, our window and door company provides free consultations and skilled security gate installations alongside storm, security, patio, and entry door installation. The “Door Pros” at Master Seal are here for you. Our team is ready to help keep your home safe, no matter the style, size, or project. Call us now at 855.608.1580 to learn more about our doors.
Is Your Door Drafty?
Before finding the right door draft stopper, ensure air leaks are coming from under your door rather than from the doorjamb. Check for air by running your hand along the base of the door. If you feel the air that’s a different temperature than the indoor air, you have a leak. Depending on the intensity of the draft, there are several DIY options.
DIY Draft Door Stoppers
Fixing a drafty door is an easy DIY project. Here are some methods that might help reduce drafts any time of year.
Door sweeps vary in style and material. When choosing a sweep, consider the overall look, what style fits your door threshold, and how severe your daily weather changes are. Some sweeps slip under the door to create a door log and sweep. Others screw into the door or stick to the door with self-backed adhesive. If the gap at the threshold is large enough, you can make your own sweep that acts as a log by slipping a piece of pipe insulating foam over the base of the door.
If you’re thinking about an exterior or interior sweep, extreme daily weather changes will make it difficult for an adhesive sweep to stay in place. When you’ve picked the right style for your door, measure your door, cut the sweep, and follow product directions to install. Some sweeps are designed for the interior, while others are for the exterior. Installing a sweep on the correct side of the door is essential.
Door logs are the easiest, temporary fix for drafts. They are customizable, come in different colors and styles, and can be made at home. You can use them for any door in your house. Made with fabric and filled with heavy materials like sand or beans, logs can block a draft or insects. You can also take an existing log and recover it with minimal sewing skills. It’s important to remember that logs are a temporary fix and not best for homes where mobility is an issue.
Both sweeps and logs offer a temporary solution. If your under-door draft persists, it’s time to call a professional. Long-term drafts can cause moisture damage and increase energy bills.
Get Help for Drafty Doors from Baltimore’s “Door Pros”
If you’re struggling with under-door drafts and the DIY solutions aren’t enough, we can help. Master Seal offers aluminum, steel, wood, vinyl, iron, or fiberglass door maintenance and installation across the DMV. Based in Parkville, Maryland, our service areas include:
- Baltimore City
- Washington, D.C.
- Baltimore County
- Montgomery County
With a range of home improvement services, we’re here to support your home projects. Since 1994, we’ve helped over 40,000 customers improve the value and security of their homes. Call our expert team now at 855.608.1580 for a free consultation and custom quote.